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The Department of Family Medicine and Population Health, Division of Epidemiology, bi-weekly seminar series features speaker Thomas E. Novotny, M.D., M.P.H., from San Diego State University, Division of Epidemiology and Biostatistics, in One Capital Square, Third Floor, Room 305. He will discuss "The Environmental Supply Side of Tobacco Control." For more information, contact Lisa Anderson at or (804) 628-2512 or visit

Shafer Court Dining Center celebrates turning 10 with a "Carnival Party" in the dining center and courtyard. Hang out with Rodney, play carnival games, win prizes, sign up for a water balloon toss or pie-eating contest and get a picture taken in the photo booth. Market 810 will have a special menu of student favorites all day. Enjoy popcorn, cake and great music. To see a detailed schedule, visit the website below. For more information, contact Tara Muller at or (804) 827-0989 or visit http://www.bsv.vcu/ShaferCarnival.

The Department of Music presents Rajeev Taranath in the Sonia Vlahcevic Concert Hall. Taranath is one of India’s leading exponents of the sarod, the richly textured relative of the lute. His performances masterfully combine the depth and rigor of the tradition of North Indian classical music with an inspired imagination and emotional intensity. Admission is free. For more information, contact the Department of Music at or (804) 828-1166 or visit

Dogs from the VCU Dogs on Call program will participate in the second annual "Pups on the Plaza" on the Egyptian Building courtyard to raise money for The Center for Human-Animal Interaction at VCU. The event will feature food ($3 will buy a hot dog, chips and a drink), door prizes and DOC T-shirts for $10. Therapy dogs from DOC will be there to shake paws and pose for photos. For more information, contact Dr. Sandra Barker at or visit

The Campus Learning Center holds a fall open house at the center in Hibbs Hall, First Floor. Meet staff, tutors and SI leaders, ask questions and enjoy refreshments. Students, faculty, staff and guests are welcome. R.S.V.P. to the contact below. For more information, contact Campus Learning Center at or visit

VCU ALT Lab presents its "Digital Storytelling Program" at the ALT Lab. Faculty participants will discover the power of short digital video narrative to introduce students to important developments, situate content in the context of history or a larger picture and generate student engagement. Participants will create their own stories and plan for the use of digital storytelling in their own practice by using freely available software and resources. Apply by Wednesday, Sept. 17, at For more information, contact Bud Deihl at or (804) 828-4383 or visit

Coming up

The Center for Rehabilitation Science and Engineering hosts its Research Network Lunch in the Egyptian Building, Third Floor Conference Room. Attend for lunch and chat about research projects, ideas and questions with other professionals. Lunch will be provided. R.S.V.P. to the email address below and note any dietary restrictions. For more information, contact Amanda Johnson at or (804) 628-2902 or visit


Weight Watchers Open House Meetings: Both Campuses

Weight Watchers@VCU hosts open house meetings on both campuses. The Monroe Park Campus meeting will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 16, from noon to 1 p.m. in Harris Hall, Room 5173. The MCV Campus meeting will be held on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at noon at the Alumni House, Room 217. These meetings are open to anyone interested in learning more about Weight Watchers@VCU. For more information, contact Debbie Fitzgerald at or (804) 828-1521.

Time to Order Regalia for December Commencement

December Commencement exercises take place at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 13, at the Stuart C. Siegel Center. Faculty participating in the ceremony will wear academic apparel. Regalia must be ordered by Friday, Nov. 7. For more information on how to order, visit For more information, contact Jessica Bello at or visit

Make a Difference: Compliment a Colleague

VCU faculty and staff can recognize colleagues who help them, a customer or coworker by completing a quick and easy online form at Words of appreciation will be posted for recipients and others in the VCU community to read at This recognition is for VCU employees only, not VCU Health System employees. For more information, contact HR Reward and Recognition at or (804) 828-1521 or visit

Healthy Volunteer Invitation

We Need Healthy Volunteers. Are you between the ages of 30 and 59 with no existing health conditions? You are being invited to participate in a research as a normal healthy adult. Participation includes undergoing a sensory assessment and having your blood drawn during your visit which will take approximately 45 minutes. Eligible participants will be compensated for their time. For more information please contact the study team at 828-5242, or send an email to Amy, For more information, contact Amy Heineman at or (804) 828-5242.

Hispanic Heritage Month

The Office of Multicultural Student Affairs invites the VCU Community to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, beginning Monday, Sept. 15 through Wednesday, Oct. 15. The 2014 calendar includes guest lectures, craft days, and a film screening. To view a full list of events, visit For more information, contact OMSA at or visit

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See a schedule of workshops and seminars that teach how to use computer applications.